Zach LaVine praises Michael Jordan-era Bulls as ‘one of the best franchises' in NBA history

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Zach LaVine might not have been alive for much of Michael Jordan’s Bulls career, but it isn’t hard for him to recognize the greatness that is the Jordan-era Bulls of the 1980s and 90s.

LaVine was born on March 10, 1995, eight days before Jordan announced his return to the Bulls and NBA with his famous “I’m back” fax. In an interview with Scoop B Radio, though, LaVine revealed that he was a big Jordan fan growing up.

“I was a big Michael Jordan fan, so I watched a lot of the tapes,” LaVine said. “I just remember how good they were. They were so dominant, especially in the [Eastern Conference]. The East back then was really good, and they had to go through the Bad Boys – the Pistons, they had to go through Indiana [Pacers].

“They had some good teams back then. Even Miami [Heat] was pretty good at the time. Michael Jordan obviously the most dominant player.”

LaVine later noted how Jordan's teams have served as a measuring stick of sorts for him, mentioning the various championship banners and retired jerseys hanging in the United Center rafters.

"This is one of the best franchises in history, especially [with] the legacy that they have set,” he said . “You always want [to] try hold yourself to a high standard, try to get to where they were."

Perhaps LaVine's Bulls will join Jordan's someday.

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